Data Breach

Albania Prime Minister apologizes over the recent massive leak of government data

Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama apologized for the massive leak of personal records from a government database of state.

Albania’s prime minister this week apologized for the massive leak of personal records from a government database of state.

Exposed records include the personal identity card numbers, employment and salary data of some 637,000 people.

The authorities launched an investigation into the incident, experts speculate it could be an inside job.

“According to a preliminary analysis, it looks more like an internal infiltration rather than an outside … cyber-attack,” Rama told a press conference. “I have an idea that this was done to create confusion and animosity between the people and (the government).”

This isn’t the first data leak this year, in April a similar incident exposed identity card records from a state database ahead of Albania’s parliamentary elections.

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Pierluigi Paganini

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Pierluigi Paganini

Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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